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College and benefits
Hello, I have an 18 year old daughter with chronic fatigue syndrome. She is recognised as disabled and is in receipt of pip. Last September she started college full time but, following a huge crash at the end of October, she was put on a reduced timetable, she studies mostly from home with work being emailed to her from her tutors and goes into college twice a week for some one to one tuition and some practical work. Child benefits are unhappy with the fact that isn't physically in class for the designated 12 hours per week and they have stopped her child benefit, as a result tax credits is also on my back. I explained to child benefits that my daughter is disabled with a chronic illness and they've sent a report to head office - I will have a decision within six weeks. Prior to starting college my daughter was out of education for twelve months due to her illness and both child benefits and tax credits agreed to continue due to an interruption in her education due to illness. I don't understand why they would be happy to support her during that time but descriminate now, she is still at college but her illness has a limiting effect on how physical she can be! I'm very confused and worried now, I am a full time carer for her but am facing losing a significant portion of my income due to her disability, surely the rules that are obviously designed for an able bodied student differ from those with a disability?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.